Shaun Kenny-Dowall is optimistic about what the future holds for the nib Newcastle Knights.
Having knocked off Penrith two weeks ago, the Knights have shown they're capable of playing top level football.
Reflecting prior to playing their final game of the season against St George Illawarra on Saturday, the winger said the Club is moving in the right direction.
"There's been positive signs," Kenny-Dowall said.
"We've shown when we play well to our game plan and when we've got our best players on the field we can be competitive with the top teams.
"We'll be looking to take that out of the season and looking to grow as a team and Club going forward."
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In a season riddled with injures, Kenny-Dowall admits the inconsistencies with combinations has made it difficult for the team to gel.
Key members of the team like Mitchell Pearce, Slade Griffin, Connor Watson and Kalyn Ponga have all be sidelined throughout the year.
But if they can keep their spine fit and healthy, the future is bright.
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"We've struggled to put the same team on the park week to week and that's probably been one of the most frustrating things about this season," he said.
"We haven't been able to build consistency in our combinations and I think that's really hurt us this year.
"There's really positive signs and we've shown that when we get it right and play well to our game plan and have our best players on the field we can be competitive with the top teams."
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